Top tips for networking when you’re a wheelchair user

I don’t know if you know this, I LOVE chatting to people. But, I know that networking can be awkward and sometimes I can have moments where I’m cringing and I don’t feel confident enough to be at the said event. When I say networking, that might sound a bit ooh la la. But I […]

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Why I’ve stopped filling in the silence

gem to the side smiling with bag on the back

I’ve said it before, I love small talk. But sometimes I can go too far. When I meet people I give it 100%, whoever it is from someone who’s opening a door for me or a person at the till. I will try to make them laugh, come out with sarcastic jokes and get to […]

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Happy Birthday Dad

To be read in the tune of “when I’m 64” Dads getting older loosing his hair Don’t tell him there’ll be a row Let’s pretend he’s muscly and still looks young Birthday greetings hope you have fun Last week he was out till 11 o clock Then clung to the fridge Can’t drink like you […]

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“Mum, shall a tell ’em am disabled?” | Disability and Employment

Gem in final year at school

Recently I wrote a blog about jobs and careers for the Brittle Bone Society which you can read here. In a nut shell it’s me talking about the fact that I didn’t really see myself having a job, not because I couldn’t do it – but that the world wasn’t set up for me to. […]

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To lean or not to lean? | Disability and Socialising

Gem with Drink in hand

I’m going to put this post out there, just so you can ponder this question yourself. There is no right answer but I know I have mine. Picture the scene – you see me at a networking event, I raise my chair but I’m still lower than everyone there. We say hello but you can’t […]

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What Makes a Good Taxi Driver? | Disability and Travel

Gem in long hotel lobby hallway

*Disclaimer – I had no images of me in a taxi and I’m too shy to take one so I used a random image of me in a hotel lobby instead* Now, I know most of my blogs basically include me moaning about the world whilst trying to see the funny side. But this week […]

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Dealing With Aches and Pains | Heat Treats

With the Beast from the East about to hit us for the third time, my body is not loving it. I’ve been ill and on and off aching or broken boned for the last few months. If you’re here for the first time, here’s my disability low down. Anyway, this time of year it takes […]

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Would you like me to pack your bag for you?

Picture of Gem grinning

Superdrug. For anyone not in the UK – it’s a glorious place. Albeit – the aisles are tight, the lights have a funny yellow hue and my chair has an 80% chance of randomly setting the door alarm off (and yes I always pause at the door to prove I am just as shocked and […]

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Who would you trust?

Right, you be me and I’ll be you. I’m in HSBC, I’m on my own about to meet some friends an hour later for dinner in town. I need to get some cash out for my taxis for the week for work. I decide I’m sick of forgetting to get cash each day and opt […]

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